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Emilia, Knoxville, TN

Emilia

4.8
4.8
2071 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian

Emilia is a full service restaurant located on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. Chef Matt Gallaher serves a seasonal, contemporary Italian menu with an emphasis on handmade pasta, homemade bread, and ingredients from local purveyors.

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 313-2472

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Gallaher

  • Catering

    Chef Matt Gallaher has an extensive background in catering. From small dinners and large fundraising events to weddings, Chef Matt delivers a delicious and professional experience. Email info@knoxmason.com to customize your event menu and experience.

  • Private party facilities

    We will provide exclusive use of Emilia for Private Events on Monday nights. Some other evenings may also be available. Email info@knoxmason.com for more info!

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Cross street

    Wall Ave

  • Parking details

    Market Square Garage, Locust Street Garage, and State Street Garage.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

  • Warm Castelvetrano Olives^$3.00

    with Calabrian Chile, Garlic and Thyme

    • Artichoke Fritti*$8.00

      Baby Artichoke Fritters with Lemon and Caper Aioli

      • Young Arugula Salad^$11.00

        with Shaved Fennel, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Truffle and Lemon Citronette

        • House Pulled Mozzarella$14.00

          with Georgia Olive Oil, Flaky Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brown Butter Sage Croutons and Hazelnut Gremolata

          • Grilled Romaine Heart*$9.00

            with Parmigiano-Reggiano, Oil Cured Olive and Herbed Bread Crumbs and Traditional Caesar Dressing

            • Steamed PEI Mussels$16.00

              with Fennel, Garlic, White Wine, Chiles and Grilled Rustic Paysan Bread

              • Grilled Spanish Octopus^$16.00

                Housemade N'duja Sausage, Cannellini Bean Puree, Lemon and Dressed Arugula

                Secondi

                • Pan Roasted Sustainable Salmon^$26.00

                  with Creamy Cauliflower Purée, Cauliflower Caponata with Capers and Citrus Confitura

                  • Pollo 'Al Mattone'^$24.00

                    Half Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Cooked 'under a brick' with a Castelvetrano Olive and Oregano Pan Sauce, Crispy Fingerling Potatoes and Salsa Verde

                    • Pork 'Milanese'*$18.00

                      Thinly Pounded and Fried Pork Loin with Silky Pomodoro Sauce, Young Arugula, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Horseradish- Parsley Gremolata

                      • Mitchell Family Farm Market Steak

                        Grass Fed and Grain Finished Beef from Blaine, TN with Seasonal Sides and Rich Beef Jus

                        • MP

                      House-Made Pasta

                      Any pasta dish can be made Celiac Friendly with gluten free penne pasta

                      • Campanelle con Funghi e Pinoli$18.00

                        'Little Bells' Pasta with Roasted Mushrooms and Broccolini in a Creamy Pine Nut, Almond and Mushroom Broth with Toasted Pine Nuts

                        • Slow Cooked Duck and Aged Arborio Risotto$26.00

                          Traditional Arborio Risotto with Slow Cooked Duck Leg Meat, Local Winter Squash, Pears, Charred Radicchio, Pistachios and Sage Crema

                          • Cavatelli Ai Frutti di Mare$32.00

                            Prince Edward Island Mussels, Jumbo Shrimp and Market Fish in a Genovese Style Brodo of San Marzano Tomatoes with 'Little Caves' Pasta and Herbed Bread Crumbs

                            • Fusilli Carbonara$19.00

                              Corkscrew Pasta with Benton's Bacon, Pecorino Romano, a Poached Windy Acres Farm Egg* and Parmigiano-Reggiano

                              • Polenta And Meatballs Pomodoro$19.00

                                Creamy Shelton Farm Polenta with Traditional Meatballs, San Marzano Tomato Sauce and Pecorino Romano

                                • Orecchiette with Ragu alla Bolognese$20.00

                                  'Little Ears' Pasta with a Traditional Bolognese Sauce of Mitchell Farm Beef, Heritage Farm Pork and Strauss Veal with San Marzano Tomatoes and Pecorino Romano

                                  • Gnocchi Amatriciana$19.00

                                    Hand Rolled Potato Dumplings with Traditional Amatriciana Sauce of House Cured Pork Jowl, Garlic, Chiles, San Marzano Tomatoes and Pecorino Romano

                                    Contorni

                                    • Warm Housemade Focaccia$5.00

                                      with Housemade Cruze Farm Ricotta, Georgia Olive Oil, Flaky Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper

                                      • Grilled Broccolini^$7.00

                                        with Preserved Lemon, Garlic and Calabrian Chile

                                        • Roasted Beets with Pistachio Butter^$8.00

                                          White Balsamic Vinaigrette and Toasted Pistachios

                                          • Roasted Brussels Sprouts^$8.00

                                            with Benton's Bacon-Balsamic Vinaigrette and Toasted Hazelnuts

                                            Drinks

                                              House Wines (On Tap)

                                              • White

                                                • Glass$7.00
                                                • Carafe$35.00
                                              • Rosé

                                                • Glass$7.00
                                                • Carafe$35.00
                                              • Red

                                                served slightly chilled

                                                • Glass$7.00
                                                • Carafe$35.00

                                              Beer

                                                Draft

                                                • Rotating Italian Beer$6.00

                                                  • Highlands West Coast IPA (Asheville, NC)$6.00

                                                    • Yee-Haw Dunkel (Johnson City, TN)$6.00

                                                      Bottle and Can

                                                      • Dogfish Head 'Sea Quench' Session Sour (Milton, DE)$6.00

                                                        • Miller Light (Milwaukee, WI)$3.50

                                                          • Miller High Life (Milwaukee, WI)$2.50

                                                            • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (Milton, DE)$6.00

                                                              • Menebrea Bionda (Piedmont, IT)$6.00

                                                                Cocktails

                                                                • St. Agrestis Spritz$12.00

                                                                  A Canned Spritz Cocktail from Brooklyn, Served over ice with an Orange wheel

                                                                  • Ode To Kimball House$12.00

                                                                    Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Cocchi Americano, Castelvetrano Olive Brine, Orange Bitters & Lemon

                                                                    • Air Mail$13.00

                                                                      Prosecco, Campesino Aged Rum, Local Honey Spiced with Calabrian Chili, Lime

                                                                      • Black Manhattan$13.00

                                                                        Four Roses Bourbon, Averna, Bitters and a Luxardo Cherry

                                                                        • La Rosita$13.00

                                                                          Maestro Dobel Reposado Tequila, Campari, Sweet and Dry Vermouth, Bitters and Orange

                                                                          • Sambuca Sazerac$12.00

                                                                            Belle Meade Bourbon, Peychaud's Bitters, Sambuca Rinse & Lemon Twist

                                                                            Sparkling, White, Rosé & Orange Wine

                                                                            • Moscato d'Asti 2019, Luigi Vico (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$13.00
                                                                              • Bottle$52.00
                                                                            • Prosecco NV, Il Faggeto (Veneto, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$12.00
                                                                              • Bottle$48.00
                                                                            • Gavi 2020, Villa Sparina (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$11.00
                                                                              • Bottle$44.00
                                                                            • Fiano 2019, La Capranera (Campania, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$11.00
                                                                              • Bottle$44.00
                                                                            • Pinot Grigio 2020, La Vis Dipinti (Trentino, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$9.00
                                                                              • Bottle$36.00
                                                                            • Chardonnay 2020, La Miraja (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$13.00
                                                                              • Bottle$52.00
                                                                            • Prosecco Superiore 'Col Fondo' 2019, Case Paolin (Veneto, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$74.00
                                                                            • Metodo Classico NV, Cesarini Sforza (Trentino, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$74.00
                                                                            • Franciacorta Brut 2016, Majolini (Lombardy, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$108.00
                                                                            • Franciacorta "Altèra" Brut Rosé NV, Majolini (Lombardy, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$120.00
                                                                            • Etna Rosato 2020, Murgo (Sicily, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$59.00
                                                                            • Soave Classico "Carbonare' 2018, Inama (Veneto, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$88.00
                                                                            • Secco Ca'Del Merlo 2015/2017, Quintarelli (Veneto, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$115.00
                                                                            • Pinot Grigio 2019, Terlano (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$64.00
                                                                            • Terlaner 'Rarity' 2008, Terlano (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$375.00
                                                                            • Pinot Bianco 'Vorberg Riserva' 2017, Terlano (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$128.00
                                                                            • Sauvignon Blanc "Vette" 2020, San Leonardo (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$68.00
                                                                            • Timorasso 'Derthona' 2018, Vigneti Massa (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$78.00
                                                                            • Gewürztraminer 'Kastelaz 2019, Elena Walch (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$95.00
                                                                            • Friulano 2016, Roncus (Friuli, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$55.00
                                                                            • Ribolla Gialla 2017, Roncus (Friuli, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$95.00
                                                                            • Chardonnay 2018, Vie di Romans (Friuli, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$116.00
                                                                            • Bucce Bianco 'Orange Wine' 2019, Cardedu (Sardegna, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$60.00
                                                                            • Insolia & Grillo 'Orange Wine' 2020, COS (Sicily, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$95.00

                                                                            Red Wine

                                                                            • Pinot Noir Prendo 2020, Wilhelm Waich (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$12.00
                                                                              • Bottle$48.00
                                                                            • Nebbiolo 2019, Parusso (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$17.00
                                                                              • Bottle$68.00
                                                                            • Chianti Riserva "Alteo" 2018, Donna Laura (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$11.00
                                                                              • Bottle$44.00
                                                                            • Aglianico 2020, La Capranera (Campania, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$11.00
                                                                              • Bottle$44.00
                                                                            • Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Campe alle Comete (Bolgheri, IT)

                                                                              • Glass$17.00
                                                                              • Bottle$68.00
                                                                            • Lambrusco 'Il Grasparossa' 2019, Pederzana (Emilia Romagna, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$60.00
                                                                            • Negroamaro 'Riserva' 2017, Leone de Castris (Apulia, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$58.00
                                                                            • Nerello Mascelese 'Munjebel 2016, Cornelissen (Sicily, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$165.00
                                                                            • Etna Rosso 2017, Terra Costantino (Sicily, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$72.00
                                                                            • Alicante Arundo' 2015, Meridio (Sicily, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$125.00
                                                                            • Pelaverga "Speziale" 2019, Alessandria (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$80.00
                                                                            • Valpolicella Ripasso 2018, Remo Farina (Veneto, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$48.00
                                                                            • Cabernet Franc 2018, Villa Varda (Fruili, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$53.00
                                                                            • Cannonau 'Riserva' 2017, Pala (Sardegna, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$84.00
                                                                            • Barbera d'Asti 'Ca' di Pian 2016, La Spinetta (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle (375ml)$47.00
                                                                            • Barbera d'Asti 'Tre Vigne' 2019, Vietti (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$65.00
                                                                            • Barbera d'Alba 2020, Massolino (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$84.00
                                                                            • Fumin 'Vigne Merletta' 2012, Gros Jean (Vallée D'Aoste, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$95.00
                                                                            • Dolcetto d'Alba "Barturot" 2016, Ca'Viola (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$69.00
                                                                            • Chianti Classico "Vallenuova" 2018, Tolaini (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$80.00
                                                                            • Rosso di Montalcino 2018, Donatella Cinelli Colombini (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$80.00
                                                                            • Pinot Noir 2019, Adriano (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$72.00
                                                                            • Pinot Noir 'Ludwig' 2017, Elena Walch (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$130.00
                                                                            • Cab Sauv & Merlot 'Terre' 2016, San Leonardo (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle (1.5 L)$128.00
                                                                            • Spanna 2017, Vallana (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$78.00
                                                                            • Ghemme 2015, Mazzoni (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$88.00
                                                                            • Nebbiolo Colline Novaresi "Valplazza' 2018, Rovellotti (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle (1.5 L)$145.00
                                                                            • Aglianico "Ognostro' 2018, Marco Tinessa (Campania, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$157.00
                                                                            • Barbaresco 'Tufoblu' 2014, Col dei Venti (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$119.00
                                                                            • Barbaresco 'Starderi' 2013, La Spinetta (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$225.00
                                                                            • Barbaresco 2016, Gaja (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$395.00
                                                                            • Barolo 2017, Vietti (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle (375ml)$85.00
                                                                            • Barolo 'Rocche di Castiglione' 2017, Oddero (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$264.00
                                                                            • Barolo 2016, Eraldo Viberti (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$169.00
                                                                            • Barolo 'Riserva' 2005, Eraldo Viberti (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$272.00
                                                                            • Barolo 'Sottocastello di Novello' 2015, Ca'Viola (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$172.00
                                                                            • Barolo 2011, Marchesi di Barolo (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$188.00
                                                                            • Barolo 2016, Luigi Vico (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$220.00
                                                                            • Barolo 'Garretti' 2015, La Spinetta (Piedmont, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$172.00
                                                                            • Brunello di Montalcino 2016, Fanti (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$120.00
                                                                            • Brunello di Montalcino 2015, Donatella Cinelli Colombini (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$169.00
                                                                            • Brunello di Montalcino 2016, Casanova di Neri (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$188.00
                                                                            • Brunello di Montalcino 'Pianrosso' 2016, Ciacci Piccolomini (Tucany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$264.00
                                                                            • Brunello di Montalcino 2014, Gaja (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$266.00
                                                                            • Brunello di Montalcino 2009, Biondi-Santi (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$640.00
                                                                            • Palistorti di Valgiano 2018, Valgiano (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$116.00
                                                                            • Lagrein "Gries' 2017, Terlano (Alto Adige, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$97.00
                                                                            • Cabernet Sauvignon "Valdisanti" 2018, Tolaini (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$96.00
                                                                            • Rosso 'dott. Palazzolo' 2018, Ronco del Gnemiz (Friuli)

                                                                              • Bottle$240.00
                                                                            • Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, LEGIT (Tuscany, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$130.00
                                                                            • Sassicaia 2018, Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta (Bolgheri Sassicaia, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$695.00
                                                                            • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 'Maladrino: 2019 Cataldi Madonna (Abruzzo, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$68.00
                                                                            • Valpolicella Superiore 2014, Quintarelli (Veneto, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$298.00
                                                                            • Valpolicella Superiore 2015, dal Forno (Veneta, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$288.00
                                                                            • Amarone della Valpolicella 2015, l'Arco (Veneto, IT)

                                                                              • Bottle$272.00

                                                                            Last updated: February 27, 2022

                                                                            What 2,071 people are saying

                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                            4.8
                                                                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                                            • 4.7Food
                                                                            • 4.8Service
                                                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                                                            • 4.5Value

                                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              My boyfriend and I went to Emilia for his birthday and absolutely loved it! Excellent, prompt service, delicious food, and lovely atmosphere. He had the steak, I had the bolognese, and we shared the focaccia. Perfectly portioned and divine flavor.

                                                                            2. BK

                                                                              BenK

                                                                              Los Angeles

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Amazing pasta and wine! Delicious desert and nice options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free/allergies. Cannot wait to go back!

                                                                            3. BD

                                                                              BennyD

                                                                              New York Area

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Our waitress Valerie was excellent and attentive. Great decor and vibe. A very well thought out menu with great food that was “on point” and super fresh. We will definitely return!

                                                                            4. N

                                                                              Nate

                                                                              Nashville

                                                                              28 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              28 reviews

                                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              As always, the service and food were great. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

                                                                            5. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              New England

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great service by the wait staff at the bar! We love this place!

                                                                            6. BS

                                                                              BrianS

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                              Excellent food, our server "Becca" was very helpful and friendly. We'll certainly go back.

                                                                            7. MW

                                                                              MeredithW

                                                                              Western NC

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined 5 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              The gnocchi was delicious as always, and the server so personable. My favorite place!

                                                                            8. TN

                                                                              TNGator

                                                                              Cincinnati

                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                              Dined 5 days ago

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                              While the food was prepared well & presented in a great presentation, we've had similar menu items done with larger portions and less expensive. Good meal, but not sure we'd return.

                                                                            9. N

                                                                              Nadine

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined 6 days ago

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We had a fantastic meal, and our server did a great job (even after admitting from the start that it was her third day on the job!). Emilia is one of the best restaurants in Knoxville!

                                                                            10. JK

                                                                              JenK

                                                                              Phoenix

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Such great service and the food was outstanding.

                                                                            11. BH

                                                                              BillyH

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                              Great Food! Our table was catching the evening sun, so one of our guest was fighting that. However the food and service were great.

                                                                            12. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              37 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              37 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Outstanding service and our meal second to none! One of our favorite restaurants in Knoxville

                                                                            13. MB

                                                                              MichelleB

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              31 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              31 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Such a lovely Mother’s Day dinner at Emilia! Pretty, quiet restaurant with great service and delicious food. My Italian husband approves! :) We will be back!

                                                                            14. GW

                                                                              GinaW

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and just delicious! Service was great too!

                                                                            15. DM

                                                                              DebbieM

                                                                              Atlanta

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great service and wonderful food! Thoroughly enjoyed our evening!

                                                                            16. SB

                                                                              ShawnB

                                                                              Miami

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Delicious polenta and meatballs. Great service. Nice atmosphere. Will be back soon.

                                                                            17. DC

                                                                              DominicC

                                                                              Tampa

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Amazing little restaurant. This was a great experience. Loved the food and setting. The food was amazing as well as the wine and service. Very very pleased with this experience.

                                                                            18. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Fabulous waitress named Sarah that made our anniversary dinner relaxed and care free

                                                                            19. V

                                                                              Vanessa

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                              This was a great visit. Great apps and mains! We had 7 in our party and they were kind enough to let us realize that we were closing the place down (oops!) without intruding on our pleasure. We figured it out eventually, but were grateful for the staff's patience!

                                                                            20. MP

                                                                              MariaP

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              The next best thing to authentic Italian food. Great service and atmosphere. Food was excellent!!

                                                                            21. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              2.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                              overall2food1service5ambience3

                                                                              Food was very unsatisfactory except for the gelato. Carolina was fantastic too bad she’s leaving.

                                                                            22. HP

                                                                              HeatherP

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                              Everything we had was very good. Service was attentive without feeling rushed. Great date night spot.

                                                                            23. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Tampa

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Absolutely fantastic service from the staff at Emilia. The food was exceptional as were the drinks. I will definitely be returning.

                                                                            24. D

                                                                              Droopy

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              First time diner. Excellent experience. Attentive and knowledgable waitress.

                                                                            25. CC

                                                                              CCCH

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                              We had a lovely time. We were seated by the kitchen which was a bit distracting and not my favorite but we had a great time.

                                                                            26. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Indiana

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              A lovely atmosphere. Our meals were delicious and flavorful. Emelia’s is a “must” if you are visiting Knoxville. A real gem.

                                                                            27. AS

                                                                              AmyS

                                                                              Western NC

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              The focaccia is some of the best I’ve had. The butterscotch dessert was amazing and makes me want to go back soon.

                                                                            28. RC

                                                                              RyanC

                                                                              Chicago

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Just a great experience - will go back in the near future!

                                                                            29. EF

                                                                              ElaineF

                                                                              Pittsburgh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                              overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                              Service was friendly and fast. My pasta dish did not have any past and was bland. A little disappointed.

                                                                            30. LF

                                                                              LoraF

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              This was our third visit since they opened and we will be back with our family and friends.

                                                                            31. LB

                                                                              LauraB

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              The food was fantastic-really loved the foccacia with fresh ricotta appetizer. Generous portions of pasta and both of our meals were really delicous and fresh. You can tell they really put a lot into their food. Our server Sarah was also wonderful and super kind. Service was well paced as well.

                                                                            32. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Still a favorite!

                                                                            33. J

                                                                              Jenna

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              3.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                              overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                              Fabulous but pricey wine selection. Great appetizers, service, atmosphere. I ordered the steak special and it was outright burnt, as was the broccolini side with it (couldn’t taste anything but charcoal). Pasta is homemade and those who ordered that loved it. Great dessert too.

                                                                            34. ME

                                                                              MikeE

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                              Great food and excellent service

                                                                            35. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              2.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                              overall2food3service2ambience2

                                                                              After reading many reviews that this was the best restaurant in Knoxville, we booked one of the last tables they had for the night. We had zero expectations going in, just hoped the food was good. The food was delicious! Except our meal came out warm and warm/cold. My husband is a vegetarian and for his meal, he ordered a side salad, Brussel sprouts, and broccolini. Unfortunately the Brussel sprouts were cold, we were told by 2 staff that the kitchen was bringing us another dish - this never showed up, 15min later the manager came by and asked what the issue was with the Brussels sprouts, we told him, and he looked incredulous at my husband because we ate them - a new dish didn’t show up for over 15min. My pasta was cold and the egg white was runny, but all in all, the food had a quality in taste factor. Just wish the service was better. The entire wait staff seemed so stressed and they were not allowed to be helpful without consulting with the manager first (who was always busy). Becca was our server and she was very charming.

                                                                            36. JC

                                                                              JulieC

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Excellent fresh taste and unique flavors . Well thought out menu

                                                                            37. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              This is the perfect date night place if you like yummy pasta! From the atmosphere of the restaurant, to our waiter Killian, and everything in between it was amazing!

                                                                            38. CM

                                                                              CynthiaM

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Always an amazing experience. Fabulous food and great service.

                                                                            39. JM

                                                                              JustinM

                                                                              E. Tennessee

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We always have a great meal here!

                                                                            40. LB

                                                                              LeslieB

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              One of my favorite restaurants!! Always excellent service and the food is always superb!! The atmosphere is quaint and cozy!! I recommend this restaurant to all my friends!!

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                                                                            Google Map for Emilia

                                                                            16 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902

                                                                            Additional information

                                                                            • Cross street

                                                                              Wall Ave

                                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                                              Knoxville

                                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                                              Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                              Contemporary Italian

                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                                            • Dress code

                                                                              Casual Dress

                                                                            • Parking details

                                                                              Market Square Garage, Locust Street Garage, and State Street Garage.

                                                                            • Payment options

                                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                            • Executive chef

                                                                              Matt Gallaher

                                                                            • Additional

                                                                              Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                            • Phone number

                                                                              (865) 313-2472

                                                                            • Catering

                                                                              Chef Matt Gallaher has an extensive background in catering. From small dinners and large fundraising events to weddings, Chef Matt delivers a delicious and professional experience. Email info@knoxmason.com to customize your event menu and experience.

                                                                            • Private party facilities

                                                                              We will provide exclusive use of Emilia for Private Events on Monday nights. Some other evenings may also be available. Email info@knoxmason.com for more info!

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